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John F. Kennedy

“Our need for increasing vigor as a society here at home”

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“Our need for increasing vigor as a society here at home”

TLS, one page, 6.75 x 8.75, White House letterhead, August 1, 1961. Kennedy writes to Edmund Brown, Governor of California. In full: “I want to express my appreciation for your personal pledge of support after my report to the nation last week. There will be great continuing need to enhance public understanding of our problems abroad and our need for increasing vigor as a society here at home, and I know you will help provide that in California and the entire Western sector of our country. I particularly want to acknowledge the national leadership you have provided in the civil defense field, and know I can count on your continued assistance….” On June 29 of the same year, Kennedy appointed Brown to the Civil Defense Advisory Council, a timely measure in light of increasing tension over the Berlin Crisis, whose impact on American defense Kennedy addressed in a speech of July 25. Secretarial notations (including underlining in text) and staple holes, otherwise fine, clean condition. JSA/John Reznikoff Auction LOA and RRAuction COA.

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  • Dates: #343 - Ended March 11, 2009